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The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory CVO, CBE, FRSE, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

Glenfiddich Piping Championships 2018 - Tickets On Sale Now!

The 2018 Glenfiddich Piping Championship will take place this year on Saturday 27th October.  Following the successful on-line ticket sales in 2017, we are delighted to announce that once again, an allocation of tickets are available to purchase on-line now! 

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The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to inspire the world's finest individual pipers and to seek the best overall exponents of ceol mor or piobaireachd (the great music) and ceol beag or light music (the little music). The event is held annually at Blair Castle in Blair Atholl Perthshire. Each year, 10 competitors qualify to play at this prestigious event through placing in one of a series of qualifying events. 

The competitors for this year's event will be announced in September after all the qualifying events have been run. 

But guarantee your place at Blair Castle this year and buy your ticket now

Relive the Day in 2017 

You can now access the all videos from the Glenfiddich Championships 2017 on our Vimeo Channel. Relive a day of fantastic piping from Blair Castle

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Queen's Birthday Honours

We are delighted  and immensely proud to tell you that it was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on Saturday that our Joint Chairman,  Sir  Brian  Ivory, has been made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. 

This is a particularly significant award because The Royal Victorian Order of Chivalry is the Queen’s own private Order, given personally by her to those who have given direct  service to her and her immediate family. 

We would like to give him the warmest congratulations of everyone  at The National Piping Centre for being recognised by our Monarch in this way. 

Tickets for The Silver Chanter 2018 on sale now

Join us at The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW, for The 52nd Silver Chanter on Saturday 4th August 2018. 

This year's competitors are: 

  • Callum Beaumont 
  • Glenn Brown 
  • Cameron Drummond 
  • Alastair Henderson 
  • Angus MacColl 
  • Iain Speirs 

This will be a fantastic competition, with each competitor playing a MacCrimmon Piobaireachd. Included in your ticket is a welcome drink on arrival, as well as canapes and a drink at the interval. 

Arrival drinks from 6.45pm
Competition commences at 7.30pm
Dress code: Highlandwear/Formal

Tickets are priced £15 / £12.50 concessions (subject to a booking fee)
Book online 

This event is supported by The William Grant Foundation and the Isle of Skye Piping Society.

Revised Date for Uist and Barra Announced

This year’s Glasgow Uist & Barra Association’s invitational solo piping competition has been rescheduled for September 29.

The event had been cancelled earlier this year due to severe weather.

The venue is at the College of Piping and the 15 competitors invited to compete are:

Alasdair Henderson, Craig Sutherland, Jamie Forrester, Angus MacColl, Faye Henderson, Peter McCalister, Ben Duncan, Callum Beaumont, Cameron Drummond, Finlay Johnston, Glenn Brown, Iain Speirs, Roddy MacLeod, Sarah Muir and Willie McCallum.

The judges are: Willie Morrison, Jack Taylor and Allan MacDonald.

Last year’s competition saw Callum Beaumont triumph. The Bo’ness piper took the piobaireachd with MacLeod of Colbecks.

Entry is £12 for adults and £6 for those aged 16 and under, tickets available on the day. 

A New Future for the Silver Chanter Piping Competition

The Skye Piping Society and The National Piping Centre are pleased to announce that from this year, the Silver Chanter Competition will continue in Glasgow. 

Cailean Maclean, Chairman of The Isle of Skye Piping Society said “While the Skye Piping Society is disappointed that due to rising costs and diminishing income we have had to sever our connection with the Silver Chanter Competition, we are delighted that through the support of the William Grant Foundation and The National Piping Centre a way has been found of ensuring the event’s continuation at least for the next few years. It is wonderful that this prestigious piping event has not been lost and we wish every success to The National Piping Centre in its stewardship of the Silver Chanter competition.”

Roddy MacLeod, the Principal of The National Piping Centre added “The National Piping Centre is pleased to take on the running of this landmark event in the piping calendar which has been a high point in the solo piping season for the last 50 years. Through the generosity of the William Grant Foundation and with the support of The Isle of Skye Piping Society we aim to preserve the traditions of the event which celebrates the music of the MacCrimmon composers. In 2018, the event will be held on the 4th of August at The National Piping Centre and from 2019 the event will be brought into the Piping Live! festival’s portfolio of events."

Nick Addington Chief Executive of the William Grant Foundation commented ”The William Grant Foundation remains committed to supporting piping as part of its increasingly broad charitable interests. Alongside ongoing funding for the Glenfiddich Piping Championships we continue to support a number of other solo piping competitions.
 
At the request of both organisations, we are pleased to transfer the funding we had already pledged for this year’s Silver Chanter to allow the National Piping Centre to organise a successor competition in Glasgow on the traditional date. We have pledged funding for three years, subject to a review after year two.

The event has been held at Dunvegan Castle since 1967. This year's event will now take place at The National Piping Centre on Saturday 4th August. More details about tickets will be available shortly. 
 
The William Grant Foundation is interested in supporting a thriving contemporary cultural scene in Scotland rooted in its unique heritage and is pleased to enable this next chapter in the story of the Silver Chanter competition.”

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory CVO, CBE, FRSE, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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